Tinubu appoints CMDs for Abuja, Bayelsa Federal Medical Centres

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President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of Dr. James Omietimi as Chief Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, for an initial term of four years.

He also reappointed Prof Sa’ad Ahmed as Chief Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre, Abuja, for a second term of four years.

The President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, disclosed this in a statement he signed Thursday.

Omietimi graduated from the University of Port Harcourt in 1994 with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree and began his medical career with a specialisation in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

A fellow of the West African College of Surgeons and the International College of Surgeons, he was one-time President of the Association of Resident Doctors and Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association in Bayelsa State.

Meanwhile, Ahmed, a Professor of Pathology at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, concurrently serves as the Chief Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre, Abuja, for four years during his initial tenure.

He holds fellowships from the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, the International College of Surgeons, the College of American Pathologists, and the Central East and Southern Africa College of Pathology (South Africa).

The President expects the newly appointed Chief Medical Directors to “leverage their vast experience and professional competence to facilitate the consistent delivery of quality healthcare services to all Nigerians,” said Ngelale.

The presidential Spokesman said this is in tandem with the Renewed Hope Agenda of ensuring that federal government hospitals deliver world-class, people-centred services in accordance with best industry practice.

Tinubu converts Enugu Dental College to varsity

Also, President Tinubu has approved the conversion of the Federal College of Dental Technology and Therapy, Enugu, to a full-fledged University of Allied Health Sciences.

“Consequently, the Federal College of Dental Technology and Therapy in Enugu will now be known as the Federal University of Allied Health Sciences, Enugu, and will be domiciled under the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare,” Tinubu’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, revealed in a statement he signed Thursday.

Thursday’s approval comes nearly one month after he was named African Union Champion for Human Resources for Health and Community Health Delivery Partnership.

Ngelale said the institutional upgrade comes amid ongoing health reforms, which would see the federal government train 120,000 frontline health workers nationwide within 16 months.

It also aims to double the number of primary health facilities in local communities across the 774 local government areas from its current 8,800 to over 17,000 in the next three years.

More so, the Federal Government said it would double the number of health personnel graduating from accredited nursing and midwifery institutions over the next three years to ensure accessible, affordable, and quality healthcare services for Nigerians, said the President’s spokesman.